I have been woodturning for a few months and have a small midi lathe.
I am progressing along nicely - nothing fancy you understand, but it
pleases me. The problem is, that because my shop is small, I can only
accomodate a small lathe, and the motor is not that powerfull (0.5
HP). My wife does not know, but I have come into a little windfall of
about £1000 (thats about $1750 for you colonial types) and want to
upgrade. I will have to get a midi lathe again (my shop is 4ft x 10ft
and I have to share it with a freezer!), but would like something with
at least 1HP.....Any suggestions, guys?
For that amount of money, you could get a Nova 3000, which has more swing but
is only a little longer. I think it has a bed length about 24" long. Of
course, Oneway makes the 1224 and Nova has the DVR for subtantially more.
The Nova(either one) or the Oneway could be extended in the future if you
enlarge your workshop.
I concur with the motionot purchase the Nova 3000. I purchased one,
slightly preowned, last fall and have been delighted. Mine is 1 HP witht he
DC speed control---nice, real nice. Size wise, it is only about a foot to
18 inches linger than the Delta and associated stand.
I'm in the US, you're in England, but if there's one thing we have in
common it's that you're in trouble if she finds out you got this
windfall and didn't tell her about it or share it.
I use a Fisch lathe with a 1/2 HP. But if you want more power, go
with a Nova.
May I make a suggestion??? Not about the lathe but about the finances that
gets the lathe. One of my former pations was amature radio. There is a
story of a man that got a new expensive radio, but how to get into the
house??? It was delivered to his work location and then he went to a hobby
store and bought dust and thing that simulate cracked glass ect. He
dressed up his new radio so it looked like it came out of a land fill. His
wife wanted to know why he had spent $50.00 on this piece of junk. He told
her if he could clean it up the radio would be great prize. So everynight
he cleaned up his new radio and by the end of the week his wife was amazed
at how good it looked and he showed her how much it would have cost new. He
was great in her eyes for makeing such a deal. Now all you have to do is
have it over to some ones house and fix it up with a little fiinish splash,
maybe take off the motor or remove the stand. Once it is home slowly clean
it up and put the "new" motor back on. Maybe you will be the hero for
making a great deal on a used lathe.
Not sure which lathes are available in England. But look at what
Axminster Power Tool Centre carries. Below is a review of the
Woodfast C450. They also make a Woodfast C1000. 45cm and 100cm
between center distance.
What a great idea! You're gonna burn in Hell! Or, worse if your wife
figures out what you're up to. Great plan, though!
PS Actually, it the male equivalent of the old female ploy. The wife
buys an expensive new dress, brings it home, hangs it in the closet for a
couple of weeks. She finally brings it out and wears it and Hubby notices.
"Where did you get the new dress?"
"What, this old thing?"
Need I say more?
My wife walked in the shop this weekend, I happend to have two routers
sitting out. One of which she did not know about.
"Oh that little one? I got that on Ebay a while back, they were
almost giving it away."
I got a better story than that. A few years back, a buddy wanted to
buy a new canoe, like, his 5th or 6th canoe. His wife likes bargains.
He bought the canoe, took it to a buddys house, they spray painted
"Blemish" on the inside, as Mad River does on the few occasions when
they have Blems for sale. Now he wants to sell it, I told him I
wouldn't give much for it, as it was a blem.
*(whose wife does not read usenet)
Bruce, please be aware that even if you remove your post from a newsgroup,
it will always be available somewhere on the web and anyone, given a little
thought, will find it.
I've managed to outfit my shop with used stationary tools that were in sad
shape when I acquired them. My bride still inspects the shop periodically
and comments on what she sees as "new" tools.
This is what often works for me:
1. Try to have one tool in pieces with the parts scattered. "It's not
new, Honey. It's broken."
2 On occasion,when she is out, have a friend bring by one of his tools.
Begin to unload as she arrives home. Explain it is not your tool. You are
repairing/painting/testing it for a friend.
2a Load the tool as she arrives. Have your buddy hand you some money.
Explain how he is buying the tool/reimbursing you for the cost of
parts/delivering it to/for someone else.
3 Prepare two identical tools. Paint each a different bright or dull
color. NEVER let her see both tools. On occasion,replace one with the
other in a prominent place in your shop. When she asks...
A Insist it is in for testing.
B Insist it is waiting to be picked up by
C Tell her it was free, being broken and
unrepairable. You may use it for parts.
D Tell her you got it in trade for the
afternoon you spent tuning a bandsaw for a friend of a friend.
4 Rearrange the tools/benches and such in your shop twice a year. Don't
let her get accustomed to the location of anything!
5 When being questioned, work in some talk concerning a project of hers.
Offer advice. If you must, offer to help.
6 When being questioned, NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT!!!
From the beautiful Seattle mountains,